When I walk my dogs through my quaint East Dallas neighborhood, I often make mental notes of homes that are purchased by investors or are headed for the market. It just so happened that, when the sign was still being put in the yard at 10216 Pinecrest, I was out walking my dogs and Jeanna McIntyre, co-owner of New Creation Group, was there staging. Once the dogs were safely home, I came back to get a sneak peek of this adorable cottage in Casa View Haven that really speaks to the great value you can find in this neighborhood.
As it turns out, this isn’t the first flip we’ve featured by Jeanna and her husband, Patrick McIntyre. The duo also did a bang-up job of bringing 2361 San Marcus up to snuff. In fact, they had our Tuesday Two Hundred write-up on the home printed out for prospective buyers to see at their open house. But these two homes are just the most recent examples of this pair’s talent. Patrick and Jeanna have an absolute knack when it comes to breathing new life into homes. Patrick, a project manager and professional remodeler, manages the flips and works with subcontractors. Jeanna, on the other hand, is a professional interior designer. She comes up with the plan for a home’s new look, from fixtures to finish-out.
In this particular project, which took around a month, Patrick and Jeanna had a great starting point from which to work. The two-bedroom, one-bath cottage in Casa View Haven already had lovely hardwood floors and a great screened porch. The 1,131-square-foot home had plenty of storage and oversized bedrooms. It’s the perfect starter home for someone who wants to build equity without a lot of maintenance or unused space. In fact, as Jeanna noted, this home on Pinecrest has the same square footage as the San Marcus house, but has much larger bedrooms.
I have to say I’m impressed with Jeanna’s eye. Like me, she’s pretty much had it with gray-and-white besotted flips. She showcases the open, connected kitchen and living area with a lovely blue wall with open shelving and oversized subway tile. The counters are trendy quartz, and there’s a wonderfully functional eat-in peninsula. Stainless steel appliances and tons of cabinets make this open-ended galley easy to navigate.
This house is more than just a pretty face, though, as Patrick oversaw the replacement of the HVAC system, upgrades to electrical and plumbing, and perfectly matched, sanded, and stained hardwood floors. The stain, which is absolutely captivating, is Jeanna’s own formula.
You can tell that the couple puts a lot of thought into their flips, truly taking the time to reimagine these homes as what they could be, which is a lot more than just making the numbers work.
“We do this because we love it,” Jeanna said. “A lot of people do this to make a quick buck, but we do this because we love the process.”
The’ve been flipping full time for the past two years, working with Tamra Torres of the Shelley Seltzer Group at Ebby Halliday Realtors for all 15 of their Casa View properties. It’s been an excellent match for them, too.
“I don’t consider any of these properties a ‘flip’ — these experienced renovators do it right; not just cosmetic updates, but start with the foundation, electrical panel, new HVAC system, ductwork and much more,” Torres said. “The level of professionalism in the work far exceeds most you see in the area.”
Torres has listed this adorable cottage in the hot Casa View Haven area for $219,000. Truly, this is one of the last enclaves in East Dallas where you can find homes in such great shape in the low $200,000 range. This one, though, comes with the experience and care of the McIntyres, and you can’t put a price on that!
“You just don’t find the attention to detail that the McIntyres put in their renovations!” Torres said.
All the better for the buyer of this cute home, though!